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, not stellar holiday shopping season and let's bring in carol ross, former investment banker, knows a thing or two about shopping and investment petailers, i'm saying, i'm tired of the excuses. i'm tired of hearing, oh, it's sandy or it's that or that and there's always an excuse when the economy starts to weaken, i just any the economy is weakening. what do you say? >> well, i agree, i mean, obviously, people have less money, they haven't been working and they're underemployed, but i do think that this is the big piece, stuart, this is pessimism. because you have to remember, even in the face of no money and no job, which has been going on for a while. consumer credit capacity actually has been increasing and consumers have been deleveraging and their home values have been going and theoretically they have more credit capacity, the fact that they're not using that capacity says to me, they're not optimistic about the future. >> i can see that this fiscal cliff thing is a problem. because nobody knows what's going to happen. you have no certainty for next year, so, i can see the fiscal clif
. we have a lot to partner on. david: by the way partner with wilbur ross working with companies to get natural gas out of the chinese reserves. and there are huge reserves. maybe you could work on a deal with him. appreciate it. the n.r.a.'s wayne lapierre caused a stir when he suggested armed guards at schools. do we really need that? do we need to put armed guards in the schools? we'll ask a former d.e.a. agent about that and we'll ask about a plan of his own later in this hour. the economy means one thing for retailers, slower holiday sales for the week ending 15th. down 4.#%. adam you have been looking at this. >> part of it is hurricane sandy and part of it's the tragedy from newtown, connecticut. david: people are afraid to go out and shop? >> they're not in the mood. one quote in an article talk people think it's better to spend time with family. shopper tracker is finding that people shopping for the week that ended december 15th down 4.3%. overall they've adjusted what they think the holiday seen will be. and they've adjusted that it will be a growth of 2.5%. and thought it wo
for that is that the number of workers supporting the proportionate number of retirees to ross over time. there simply is not as much money being kicked into a system. stuart: japan has a far bigger debt than any european country and far bigger than the united states. i think that is true as a proportion of the gdp. >> when you add all the debt to gather, the figure is far higher. in fact, it is closer to 500% of gdp. stuart: hold on, let's get back to america. we have a lower birthrate. the loss in american history. but don't we also have mass immigration, which makes up, i think, for a lower birthrate. our population still experience. we are nowhere near the japan issue, really. >> this is the beginning of another step that reinforces the fact that we are headed down the same path. japan has had eight failed fiscal stimulus programs. we have had three or four, depending on how you count them. at what point, do we stop in washington and say we may have a fundamental problem here. the economic crisis does have a direct link to fertility. stuart: last one. i believe that every year on the emperor's bir
that name is still buying to be on your arm or your back or ross you decide but it. i remember being in a whole food store. she was 20 at most. she was wearing a look at top from 20 yards away you could read the tattoo that spread all across her chest. it read begin. huge global letters. it will never go away. whether or not she ever it's a stake or eight again. why mark yourself alive tonight why put an ugly blotch understand? by the way, over time most tattoos eventually start to look like a bruise. for some reason the urge to markers of has become fashionable on last 45 years, but i think that fashion has run its course. there must be a lot of people who would now love to get that ugly mark off. here's a business opportunity. , but the guaranteed tattoo removal technology and open a chain of tattoo removal parlors a sure-fire winner. i hate those things. as you can seeico's customer satisfaction is at 97%. mmmm tasty. and cut! very good. people are always asking me how we make these geico adverts. so we're taking you behind the scenes. this coffee cup, for example, is comput
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